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USMA Scuba Club trains with Engineer Dive Det. 

Submitted by USMA Scuba Club
 
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Aug. 21, 2013) — Members of the U.S. Military Academy Scuba Club traveled Aug. 16 to Jersey City, N.J., to conduct professional development training with the 569th Engineer Dive Detachment.

The Dive Detachment, based out of Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Va., was led by 1st Lt. William Guinther, the former cadet in charge of the Scuba Club in 2011.

The detachment was on a two-week operation working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Caven Point, N.J. Their primary objective was to safely conduct pier rehabilitation, replace worn or missing bumper systems, install a new fender systems, and remove sediment from under the dry dock boat lift via Salvage Divers. This was accomplished while utilizing a combination of dive modes and to train in 569th Engineer Detachment (Dive) METL tasks.

The Scuba Club was able to interact with and for the first time, get hands-on with equipment from an active-duty dive detachment. Guinther then led a professional development session discussing the capabilities of the team, how they operate and lessons learned throughout his career. The Scuba Club was also able to learn and take-away vital information pertaining to safety and maintenance of gear and equipment to enhance the overall effectiveness of future operations while training students, and conducting proficiency dives.

Guinther also gave the Scuba Club a detailed briefing on the Engineer Branch which houses the Army’s inventory of dive detachments and how to advance to the level of dive officer, a very prestigious rating and qualification, which is the only position commissioned officers can hold on a dive detachment.

To learn more about this Directorate of Cadet Activities club, visit www.usma.edu/scuba/SitePages/Home.aspx.
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Members of the U.S. Military Academy Scuba Club conducted professional development training Aug. 16 with the 569th Engineer Dive Detachment in Jersey City, N.J. First Lt. William Guinther, a Class of 2011 graduate and former club cadet-in-charge, is pictured on the right. Courtesy Photo.